Weekly Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing News – 12/07/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC 157 Announced with Rousey versus Carmouche
Move over gentlemen, the UFC has its first lady. UFC president Dana White made it official at the UFC on FOX 5 press conference in Seattle, announcing that Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will become the first female fighter in UFC history, awarding her a UFC championship belt that she will defend in the main event of UFC 157 on February 23 against fellow pioneer Liz Carmouche.
Also, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber will get a California fight as he will face fellow bantamweight contender Ivan Menjivar. Faber and Menjivar first fought seven years ago in Canada to a controversial disqualification win for Faber. After that, Faber rose to become the top featherweight on the planet while Menjivar battled contenders across multiple weight classes around the world.
UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
February 23, 2013
Ronda Rousey (6-0) vs. Liz Carmouche (7-2)
Lyoto Machida (18-3) vs. Dan Henderson (29-8)
Urijah Faber (26-6) vs. Ivan Menjivar (25-9)
DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year’s Eve Special Fight Card Update
DREAM announced this week that Bibiano Fernandes will face Yoshiro Maeda and Melvin Manhoef will fight Denis Kang at DREAM 18.
DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year’s Eve Special
December 31, 2012
Saitama Super Arena
Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) vs. Yoshiro Maeda (30-11-4)
Melvin Manhoef (26-9-1) vs. Denis Kang (35-15-2)
Phil Baroni (15-15) and Hayato Sakurai (36-12-2)
Shinya Aoki (31-6) vs. Antonio McKee (28-4-2)
GLORY Grand Slam Tournament:
Semmy Schilt (39-6) vs. Brice Guidon (28-7)
Gokhan Saki (77-15) vs. Raomoru (-)
Daniel Ghita (44-7) vs. Fabiano ‘Cyclone’ Aoki (27-9)
Remy Bonjasky (77-14) vs. Filip Verlinden (38-6)
Peter Aerts (104-30-1) vs. Mourad Bouzidi (73-19)
Errol Zimmerman (76-16-1) vs. Jamal Ben Saddik (22-0)
Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva (32-8-1) vs. Igor Jurkovic (44-5)
Sergei Kharitonov (22-7) vs. Rico Verhoeven (37-6-1)
UFC on Fuel TV 7 London – Fight Card Update
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London, England on Saturday, February 16, and the organization announced seven bouts for this stacked card on Thursday, including the interim bantamweight championship fight between titleholder Renan Barao and challenger Michael McDonald.
Also announced for the event at Wembley Arena were the following bouts:
Che Mills vs. Matt Riddle
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo
Phil Harris vs. Ulysses Gomez
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Andy Ogle vs. Josh Grispi
K-1 WORLD MAX 2012 FINAL 8 – Fight Card Update
K-1, the world’s strongest knock-out sport organization, is announcing two additional fights for the K-1 WORLD MAX 2012 FINAL 8 event to be held on December 15th in Athens, Greece. The additional fight cards are for the Reserve and Superfight matches. K-1 would also like to announce that the K-1 WORLD GP 2012 FINAL 8, which was originally scheduled for December 26, has been moved to the latter part of January next year.
K-1 WORLD MAX 2012 FINAL 8 in Athens
December 15, 2012
OAKA Olympic Indoor Sports Center, Athens, Greece
Doors Open/Event Starts : 17:30 / 18:30 (Athens local time/Tentative)
World Max 2012 Final 8:
Mike Zambidis (Greece) vs. Reece McAllister (UK)
Yasuhiro Kido (Japan) vs. Murthel Groenhart (Netherlands)
Artur Kyshenko (Ukraine) vs. Chris Ngimbi (Congo)
Andy Souwer (Netherlands) vs. Andy Ristie (Suriname)
Abraham Roqueni (Spain) vs. Xu Yan (China)
(70 kg, One-match fight): Vahid Roshyani (Iran) vs. Salah Abdelsalam (UAE)
MFC signs Jay ‘Da Spyda Killa’ Silva
One of the most dynamic free-agent talents available is joining the deepening MFC middleweight talent pool. Jay “Da Spyda Killa” Silva has agreed to a multi-fight contract with the Maximum Fighting Championship and will make his debut at MFC 36: Reality Check to be held on Friday, February 15 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and live on AXS TV Fights.
“Jay Silva is a huge talent, and can become an absolute wrecking machine in the Maximum Fighting Championship,” touted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich, “The days are over when Jay took fights at the last minute, on short notice, and without a proper training camp. He knows he’s fighting in February and I think you’ll see the best Jay Silva ever. The rest of the middleweight division should take notice now because a rejuvenated, reincarnated Jay Silva is coming to the MFC.”
Silva’s first opponent under the MFC banner will be announced in the near future.
Cosmo Alexandre – Tribute Highlight
UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez II – Fight Card Update (Griffin Injured)
Perhaps it’s only fitting that after the most injury-riddled year in UFC history, the promotion’s last show of 2012 would take a hit as well. First it was Gray Maynard, then Chris Weidman being forced out of their bouts due to injury, and now former light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin has been taken out of commission of his fight with Phil Davis as well.
“Forrest Has MCL tear and ACL strain,” tweeted UFC president Dana White Wednesday. “20 cc’s of blood removed from his knee and the saga continues at the UFC!!”
UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II
Dec 29, 2012
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
Junior dos Santos (15-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (10-1) – UFC heavyweight title bout
Tim Boetsch (16-4) vs. Costa Philippou (11-2)
Joe Lauzon (22-7) vs. Jim Miller (21-4)
Phil Davis (10-1) vs. TBA
Brad Pickett (22-6) vs. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1)
Phil DeFries (9-1) vs. Todd Duffee (7-2)
Chris Leben (22-8) vs. Karlos Vemola (9-3)
Alan Belcher (18-6) vs. Yushin Okami (27-7)
Erik Perez (12-4) vs. Byron Bloodworth (6-2)
Michael Johnson (12-6) vs. Myles Jury (10-0)
Chris Cariaso (14-3) vs. John Moraga (12-1)
Leonard Garcia (15-9-1) vs. Cody McKenzie (13-3)
Super Fight League To Crown Five Champions at SFL 13
Super Fight League is proud to announce SFL Friday Fight Night 13, ‘Night of Champions’, an epic end of year finale where SFL stars battle it out to be crowned the first ever Super Fight League champions. As always the SFL will air live on Neo Prime in India and streams live and free on YouTube at http://www.YouTube.com/SFL.
SFL 13 will go down in the history books for Super Fight League. The final event of 2012 will be filled with five titles on the line. Since SFL’s inaugural show in March of 2012 fighters from all over the world have come to the SFL to compete and now ten fighters have earned the chance to become Super Fight League Champions. The card is stacked with the men’s welterweight, lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight titles all on the line, topped off with a bout to decide to women’s flyweight champion, SFL 13 promises to be one of the most memorable MMA events seen in Asian history.
The Super Fight League was founded in early 2012 and has quickly become one of the most active promotions in MMA bringing fight fans multiple fight cards each and every month at no charge. 2013 the SFL plans to promote even more stacked cards, feature more international talent and of course five new Champions that must defend their belts.
Raj Kundra, Chairman of Super Fight League said: “The event we’ve all been working towards has finally arrived – where the world can see SFL talent battle it out to win our first ever world title belts. As 2012 draws to a close, I am proud of the things we accomplished within the sport of MMA. In 2013 we will move to a Bi-Weekly format that should allow us to present the same rapid pace that SFL fans love combined with broader reach to other countries. To put it in a few words, we plan on making sure our Champions are active and tested against the best in 2013.”
The Super Fight League is the most consistent MMA promotion in Asia. With over 24 events already planned for 2013 SFL looks to continue to capitalize on Asia’s large MMA fan base and push its brand across all borders while continuing to educate and develop the sport in it’s base Indian market. Tune into SFL 13 on Friday December 14th 2012, streaming live on www.YouTube.com/SFL at 9:00 PM in Mumbai India, 7:30 AM in Los Angeles, 10:30 AM in New York, 11:30 PM in Hong Kong and 3:30 PM in London.
SFL 13 Friday Fight Night Card – Night of Champions:
*SFL World Title Fight (Main Event): Bhabajeet Chowdhury vs. Shyam Prasad (WW)
*SFL World Title Fight: Sanja Sucevic vs. Colleen Schneider (FW)
*SFL World Title Fight: Manoj Chuhan vs. Anup Kumar (BW)
*SFL World Title Fight: Bharat Kandare vs. Narender Grewal (FW)
*SFL World Title Fight: Rajinder Singh Meena vs. Sandeep Yadav (LW)
*Mohamed Hassan vs. Warren De Reuck (WW)
*Rouhollah Eidehlouei vs. Jamshed Khan (WW)
UFC on FX 6: The TUF Smashes Finale – Fight Card Finalized
The UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson fight card, which airs live on FX on Dec. 15, has been finalized with Colin “The Freakshow” Fletcher securing his place after claiming victory over Australia’s Richie “Vas” Vaculik in the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK–The Smashes.
After 12 episodes and 12 fantastic fights, the following bouts will determine the winners of The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK–The Smashes. The winners will receive an exclusive UFC contract:
*Lightweight Finale – Norman Parke, Team UK vs. Colin Fletcher, Team UK
*Welterweight Finale – Brad Scott, Team UK vs. Robert Whittaker, Team Australia
In addition to the TUF Finale matchups, the event’s main card will feature the five-round main event between The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK–The Smashes opposing coaches and bitter rivals Australian George Sotiropoulos and Brit Ross Pearson and an explosive middleweight clash between honorary Aussie and vicious striker Hector Lombard, who faces Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rousimar Palhares.
The remaining bouts for UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson include:
*Former title contender Chad Mendes takes on the debuting Hacran Dias at featherweight
*Igor Pokrajac vs. Joey Beltran in a battle of light heavyweights strikers
*Wrestling powerhouse Mike Pierce meets former TUF season 11 contestant Seth Baczynski
*Team Australia’s Benny Alloway vs. teammate Manny Rodriguez at welterweight
*Brendan Loughnane squares off against fellow Team UK lightweight Mike Wilkinson
*Canadian Nick Penner vs. UFC-newcomer Cody Donovan at light heavyweight
UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson – Fight Card Update
Verbal agreements are in for a light heavyweight matchup between heavy-handed wrestlers Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko and Ryan “Darth” Bader January 26 in Chicago.” Welterweights David “Daudi” Mitchell and Simeon “The Grin” Thoresen have also verbally agreed to meet at that event.
UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
January 26, 2013
Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) vs. John Dodson (14-5) – UFC flyweight championship
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10) vs. Glover Teixeira (19-2)
Donald Cerrone (19-4) vs. Anthony Pettis (15-2)
Clay Guida (29-13) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2)
Mike Russow (15-2) vs. Shawn Jordan (13-4)
Mike Stumpf (11-3) vs. Pascal Krauss (10-1)
TJ Grant (19-5) vs. Matt Wiman (15-6)
Erik Koch (13-1) vs. Ricardo Lamas (12-2)
Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6) vs. Ryan Bader (14-3)
David Mitchell (11-2) vs. Simeon Thoresen (17-3-1)
Guseinov vs. Fomenko added to M-1 Challenge 36 Fight Card
The fight between entertaining Russian striker Arthur Guseinov and always tough Ukrainian athlete Evgeni Fomenko is the last fight that was added to M-1 Challenge 36 fightcard. The tournament will take place in Mytishi, Moscow area, on December 8.
Arthur Guseinov can win or lose, but the possibility of highlight reel knockout in his matches is much higher that the possibility of boring fight. Last year Arthur’s spinning back fist KO against Tyson Jeffries was considered as one of the best KOs in MMA world in 2011. Guseinov lost his biggest fight against Mario Miranda, when M-1 middleweight title was at stake, but now he is back and ready to start his new winning streak with another spectacular knockout.
It will not be easy to do against Evgeni Fomenko, who hasn’t ever been knocked out in his professional career. Fomenko won three fights in 2012 against three undefeated prospects, Albert Duraev, Ivan Raul and Josip Artukovic, all by stoppages. No doubt that the fight with Guseinov will be the biggest challenge in Ukrainian’s career, so we just have to wait and see if Fomenko can get to the new level and make a small sensation in M-1 middleweight division.
M-1 Challenge 36
December 8, 2012
Team Match Golden Team vs. Russian MMA Teams:
Albert Shogenov vs. Radik Tuyushev
Ratmir Teuvazhukov vs. Bekbulat Magomedov
Ruslan Fomin vs. Ivan Ulyanchenko
Islam Gugov vs. Dzhambulat Kurbanov
Magomed Ismailov vs. Andrey Maslov
M-1 Challenge Superfights:
Viktor Nemkov vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
Georgi Stoyanov vs. Daniel Weichel
Arthur Guseinov vs. Evgeni Fomenko
Andrei Semenov vs. Michele Verginelli
Kenny Garner vs. Guram Gugenishvili – M-1 heavyweight title bout
Paulo Da Silva – Lumpini Crawley
Paulo has now had over 50 fights,winning over 50% of them by knockout! Paulo is currently WPKL World Champion and WMC European Champion. He has fought all over the world including Las Vegas, Thailand and China. This video is a showcase of his technique, speed and power.
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